Transportation — and business advocacy — is a team sport.

It is a common phrase in business and elsewhere that success is a team sport.

For this week’s blog I would like to thank and welcome several members of the RTA team — two of which are new, and all of whom are important to the organization’s success.


Jacob Rigg is our new RTA membership operations coordinator. As of today’s blog, Jacob has been with the organization for just under a week.

His role is to enhance the membership experience for each of you, and to sustain efficiency for the program. He will provides dedicated organizational management through high-level administrative support of the RTA executive director, primary coordination of RTA events and meetings, and ongoing membership program operations.

Jacob has a BS in Communication from the University of North Florida and an AA/AS degree in digital media from Eastern Florida State College. He has hit the ground running, and he will be with us in Florida for our leadership tour next week.


Michael Hogan also joined the RTA team earlier this month. Michael is an economist in the Center for Applied Economics and Strategy at RTI International. He will now serve as our new RTA policy and research coordinator through a contract with RTI.

He will be responsible for performing research and analysis to advance the priorities of the RTA business coalition. His key professional focus areas include the linkage between the regional economy and urban development, including transit access, workforce, and economic inclusion.

Michael has a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in City and Regional Planning from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has already begun helping us with analysis for our Florida tour, and I look forward to him sharing his expertise and insights with the organization on a variety of focus areas.


I also want to commend my Raleigh Chamber colleagues for their ongoing assistance, support, and partnership.

The RTA has been a regional program of the Raleigh Chamber for more than two decades. We rely on our fellow Chamber staff colleagues for administrative, information technology, communications, billing and financial, event management, and other support and expertise including government affairs, economic development and innovation. You can view the entire Raleigh Chamber staff directory here; it would be impossible to fully thank all of them for the help and assistance they provide daily, and have provided for 20+ years.

The mission of the Raleigh Chamber is to sustain and further develop a thriving economy and to enhance our community’s quality of life. RTA supports the Chamber’s mission, and the complementary missions of our more than 25 member chambers of commerce across central and eastern North Carolina by delivering business leadership to get our region moving faster.


RTA continues to grow and help our regional community, thanks to the investment, encouragement, time, expertise, and dedication of our members and partners — and thanks to the professional staff dedicated to supporting our members and this community.


Let’s get moving,

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

RTA is the voice of the regional business community on transportation


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